Xiaomi launched two new smartphones: Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note 2 Prime. The smartphones was unveiled along with its new MIUI 7 custom ROM based on Android 5.0 Lollipop at an event in Beijing, China on Thursday.
The Xiaomi Note 2 Prime and Note 2 are priced at CNY 999 (approximately Rs. 9,000) and CNY 899 respectively. The Redmi Note 2 will be also available in a 3G-only variant which will be available at CNY 799 (approximately Rs. 8,000). However, the company has not divulged any availability plans for other markets yet, but it’s expected that the company may reveal the India details at an event in New Delhi on Monday.
The specifications of Redmi 2 3G and 4G are same and the only difference is is the LTE connectivity support of the variants. The Redmi Note 2 Prime features a high clocked processor and is available in only 32GB inbuilt storage variant, but is otherwise identical in terms of specifications to the Redmi Note 2. The three handsets sport a 5.5-inch full HD display and runs on MIUI 7.
An octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor is featured in the Redmi Note 2 and comes with 2GB RAM, while on the other hand, Redmi Note 2 Prime bears a slightly higher-clocked Helio X10 SoC (2.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 + 2.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53), and the handset comes in two storage variants-16GB and 32GB. But no information is provided about the expandable storage. The device is backed by a 3060mAh battery with quick charge support. At the launch, the Chinese company implied that the Redmi Note 2 can hit an Antutu score of 54024, which is more than some of its adversaries from Meizu and Huawei.
The Redmi Note 2 features a 13-megapixel Samsung rear camera sensor with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and the company claims to have a shutter speed of 0.1 seconds. The handset also houses a 5-megapixel front camera with OmniVision, while the rear camera features an aperture of f/2.2 and a 5-element lens.
The device includes connectivity options such as Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Micro-USB 2.0, Bluetooth, GPS, and infrared, which is used for universal remote control of compatible appliances. The Redmi Note 2 is weighs 160 gram which is lighter than its predecessor, which weighed hefty 199 grams, and it measures 152x76x8.25mm which is definitely slimmer than the Redmi Note that measures 154×78.7×9.5mm. Both the handset supports dual 4G Micros-SIM cards.